The final exam is on Wednesday, during the usual class time. Here is a list of topics/exercises that will be on the final exam, listed according to the exercises on the Final Exam Review sheet. To prepare for the final, please review Exams #2 and #3, since the final exam exercises will be very similar to those exam exercises. The exam solutions at OpenLab Files.

The following WebWork sets will be open until Wednesday–these contain exercises relevant for for the final exam:

Quadratic Equations-Quadratic Formula

ComplexNumbers

Rational Expressions-Complex Fractions 1

Rational Expressions-Complex Fractions 2

Graphs-Graphs of Quadratic Equations

Trigonometry-Right Triangles Trigonometric Ratios

Trigonometry-Coordinate Plane Unit Circle

Topics

Besides outlining the final exam topics and taking the in-class exercises for Exam #3, we solved Final Exam Review exercises #8 and #10, on trig applications:

Exam #3 consists of (a) a set of take-home exercises that were handed out Wed May 15, and (b) a set of in-class exercises on Mon May 20, when the take-home exercises will also be collected. The final exam is on Wed May 22.

If you weren’t in class on Wednesday (or if you need another copy of the take-home exercises), I have uploaded a pdf to OpenLab Files.

Here is an outline of the exercises on the take-home exam:

For the take-home exercises, please study the examples we have done in class over the past few weeks–we did most of the relevant WebWork and Final Exam Review exercises in class.

The following WebWork sets will be open until Wed May 22, which contain exercises relevant for Exam #3 and for the Final Exam:

Quadratic Equations-Quadratic Formula

ComplexNumbers

Rational Expressions-Complex Fractions 1

Rational Expressions-Complex Fractions 2

Graphs-Graphs of Quadratic Equations

Trigonometry-Right Triangles Trigonometric Ratios

Trigonometry-Coordinate Plane Unit Circle

Topics

We reviewed the chart of which trig ratios are positive vs negative in each quadrant:

We did another example from the Final Exam Review that uses this chart (and the definitions of the trig ratios in the coordinate plane):

We then reviewed the unit circle–the key idea being that for any angle, the x-coordinate on the unit circle is the cosine of that angle, and the y-coordinate is the sine of that angle:

We can thus use the unit circle to find the values of the trig functions for any angle listed on the unit circle:

We can also use the unit circle “in the other direction” to solve trig equations, to solve for the angles theta which satisfy a given equation. Here is an example from the Final Exam Review:

In this example, we first did some basic algebra to isolate the trig function (cos theta) on the LHS. Then we used the unit circle to find the points at which the x-coordinate is 1/2 (pi/3 = 60 degrees and 5*pi/3 = 300 degrees). These are the angles at which cosine equals 1/2, and thus are the solutions to the given trig equation.

Exam #3 will be consist of (a) a set of take-home exercises that will be handed out Wed May 15, and (b) a set of in-class exercises on Mon May 20, when the take-home exercises will also be collected. The final exam is on Wed May 22.

I have reopened the relevant WebWork sets so that you can complete those exercises if you didn’t previously, and use them to review for Exam #3 and for the final exam. The following WebWork sets will be open until Wed May 22:

Quadratic Equations-Quadratic Formula

ComplexNumbers

Rational Expressions-Complex Fractions 1

Rational Expressions-Complex Fractions 2

Graphs-Graphs of Quadratic Equations

Trigonometry-Right Triangles Trigonometric Ratios

Trigonometry-Coordinate Plane Unit Circle

Topics

We reviewed the definitions for the trig ratios for any angle, using the coordinate plane:

This led to the following chart of which trig ratios are positive vs negative in each quadrant:

This is sometimes termed “ASTC” (“All” are positive for an angle in quadrant 1, “Sin” is positive in quadrant 2, “Tan” is positive in quadrant 3, and “Cos” is positive in quadrant 4), and is sometimes taught with the phrase “All Students Take Calculus”):

We then used this to solve exercises from the WebWork and the Final Exam Review:

Finally, we introduced the unit circle, and explained how to use it to find the sin and cos for any angle shown–namely, look up the y-coordinate and x-coordinate (respectively) for the given angle:

The WeBWorK Q&A site is a place to ask and answer questions about your homework problems. HINT: To ask a question, start by logging in to your WeBWorK section, then click “Ask for Help” after any problem.

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